Fabric Structures for Data Centers

a fabric structure installed on asphaltData centers, also called server farms, are where large collections of networked computers are housed to store massive amounts of data. As our reliance on technology grows, so too does the need for convenient shelter solutions to maintain these data centers, which are used by numerous companies and organizations across the globe. Server farms are typically built in remote locations, and they are usually staffed with technology specialists. The versatility of Big Top’s fabric structures makes them an ideal solution for meeting the high demand for data center shelters.

Deployed Nearly Anywhere

Storing a huge computer network requires a lot of space. That’s why data centers are often constructed in remote locations like farmland and other sparsely populated areas. Because Big Top’s fabric structures do not require a concrete pad as a foundation, they can be anchored to nearly anything, even dirt and asphalt. Additionally, our shelters can range in size from 20 to 174 feet wide and nearly any length, providing plenty of interior space for computer storage with no guy wires or internal columns getting in the way.

Protection From the Elements

Our temporary buildings are supported by an industrial-grade galvanized steel frame, which holds strong through nearly any type of weather. They can also be engineered for heavy wind and snow loads, and equipped with lightning protection. The other protective benefit comes from the fabric cover, which is formulated to repel 99.95% UV-A and UV-B radiation, shielding both equipment and staff from sun exposure.

Naturally Cool Interiors

Thanks to the exceptional thermal performance of the fabric cover, our shelters remain at a comfortable temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the temperature outside. This helps to keep data centers, which are notoriously warm due to the energy produced by the computers, naturally cool. To further cool the interior space down, Big Top can install HVAC systems and insulation.

Energy Efficient

Server farms are also notoriously energy hungry. Offset some of your carbon footprint with a Big Top fabric structure—the fabric cover is translucent and allows sunlight to fully illuminate the interior space without aid from an electric lighting system.

Cost Effective

Big Top’s fabric structures are an affordable solution for data centers, especially when compared to constructing a permanent building. They require few materials, can be erected at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day, and do not require an outside contractor to install. In fact, Big Top offers turnkey installation services to make deployment as easy as possible. And if you deem the building as equipment with the IRS, you may enjoy some tax benefits.


The need for data centers is only going to grow. Fortunately, the modular nature of our temporary buildings means they can grow with you. Plus, should you ever need to move the shelter, you can do so intact with a crane. It can also be disassembled and shipped to a new location if needed.

Contact Us Today

If your business or organization needs a cost-effective and versatile shelter solution for your growing data centers, contact Big Top today and we’ll tell you more about the benefits of our fabric structures.

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